YOUR imagination is the only boundary for people wanting to take part in this year’s Gloucester Carnival.
City council organisers are not setting a theme for this summer’s parade – and are leaving it to the entrants to come up with their own ideas.
As in previous years motor vehicles will be allowed but articulated lorries that can’t easily negotiate narrow city centre streets won’t be able to take part in the procession.
Council leader Paul James said: “The carnival procession is a traditional part of our summer festivities. It draws big crowds and should be a great spectacle. This year we want people to use their own imagination in deciding how they take part.
“There is lots to choose from. On the sporting theme alone we will have just had the football World Cup in Brazil and we will have Rugby World Cup 2015 to look forward to. Those two events alone are enough to fire up the imagination.
“I am excited by the possibilities this year and I hope we get a large number of entries.”
The event will take place on Saturday, July 26 leaving Gloucester Park at 3.30pm.
Shenice Ellis, from the Ambitions Dance Group, which is based in Tuffley and Stroud, said: “It is more difficult for us when there isn’t a theme. Last year there was the eco-theme which worked really well because it really focused us on thinking what we could do so we made costumes out of all sorts of recycled materials.
“I guess we will have to get our thinking caps on now.”
The best displays will win one of five categories, which are the young person trophy, the star trophy for over 18s, the commercial trophy, the community trophy and the carnival cup, awarded to the best overall entry.
All entrants will be given the opportunity to perform and the best performance will be awarded the Performers Trophy.
All contestants will be awarded a medal for taking part. Judging, this year will take place on the route, with some secret and not so secret judges amongst the crowd marking the entries.
The final route is still being finalised to allow the best possible vehicle access.